Gilmerton Cove

It’s not just Edinburgh’s Old town that has spooky vaults, you can fine one in Gilmerton, about 4 miles southeast of the city.  There you will find a wee surprise lurking under the ground.

Gilmerton Cove is a series of underground passageways and chambers hand carved from sandstone, dating from the 18th century.  Folklore claims it was the work of an 18th century local blacksmith ‘George Paterson’.

However it’s original use is still a mystery theories claim that it was simply a drinking den for gentry, perhaps a refuge for persecuted Covenanters or smugglers? some even link this site to the Knight Templars (Imaginative folk who haven’t seen a map claim that there could be a secret passage leading to Melrose Abbey)

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

The University of Edinburgh’s New College

This is the University of Edinburgh’s New College, located on the mound opened in 1846, it’s now the location of the school of divinity. The spire in the middle is the Hub, Home of the Edinburgh International Festival.

On the left is the statue of John Knox who was responsible for the The Scottish Reformation

Fun fact! In 1999 it was the temporary home of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 year

New Collage The University of Edinburgh on the mound

New Collage The University of Edinburgh on the mound

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks 2018

It’s the last Monday of August, so that means the Festival Fireworks! Episode 2018 – Calton Hill.

I found shooting here difficult as Balmoral’s clock made me think most shots were out of focus, but I’ll let you be the judge, constructive feedback is always welcome.

Festival Fireworks 2018

Festival Fireworks 2018

Festival Fireworks 2018

Festival Fireworks 2018

Full album can be found here

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Living in Edinburgh it’s easy to forget that during the month of August, right on your doorstep the largest arts festival in the world is being played out.  it’s nice to take some time and wander through the high street to watch some street performers . – or try to, it gets extremely busy.

edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

But they must make decent money, traveling from Australia, Canada, Europe.. That’s not cheap
perhaps I should give up the IT gig, and start juggling stuff on the street corner.

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

But it’s never August until you see Whips, Chains, Fire and weird contraptions in the city centre

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

Edinburgh festival fringe 2018 street performers

John Livingston’s tomb Bruntsfield

Sometimes one never realizes whats so close.
Chamberlain Road in Bruntsfield there is a little picturesque garden, I pass it often but never venture in.

John Livingston's Tomb Garden

John Livingston’s Tomb Garden

Today I did, ‘lo and behold’ through the gateway I was surprised to find John Livingston’s tomb.
John Livingston was an apothecary, who acquired land in Greenhill in the 1630’s however he succumbed to the Black Death in 1645, as did much of Edinburgh.

John Livingston's Tomb

John Livingston’s Tomb

The Tombstone reads

This Saint whos Corps lyes buried heir
Let all posterties admoir
For upright lif in Godly feir.

When judgements did this land surround
He with God was walking found
For which from midst of feirs he’s cround.

Heir to be interred. Both he
And friends by Providence agrie
No Age shall los his memorie.

His age 53     Died 1645

John Livingston's Tomb

John Livingston’s Tomb

A scroll beats the words “Mors patet, Hora latet” this may be literally translated as “Death Reveals, the hour conceals” but the may mean “Death is sure, the Hour uncertain”

Portobello Sunset 26 July 2018

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight (whatever that means).

Rhymes aside, nature is beautiful, There is something magical about such a sunset, we always take time to appreciate it.

It’s been 27° in Edinburgh, the weather is broken can someone turn it off and on again.

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018